I visited this impressive Wat Mai Suwankiri which has many temple complexes in the same compound. This place is famous for its most unique Dragon Boat Temple and the tallest standing statue of Lord Buddha. I spent almost 2 hours walking alone the whole place while my tour guide waited patiently inside his car. My memories flooded back to my growing up years in Songkhla where my late grandfather's house still sits next to a huge Thai temple along Laemsai Road which is by the biggest lake in Thailand. The temple designs are so identical with the Thai motifs and carvings. I really missed my childhood days there.
The tallest statue stands prominently above the Wat Mai Suwankiri.
The view beside the many huge pillars with impressive carvings of the dragons.
The adjacent temple from the main building of Wat Mai Suwankiri.
Yours truly, pretending to look cool on a very hot & scorching sunny day at 35C.
The many impressive pillars with gold carvings inside the main prayer hall.
The statue of Lord Buddha at the main prayer hall.
The prayer altar for the late King of Thailand -
HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej who was cremated
(If you wish to pronounce the correct way of the King's name -
The very realistic looking wax statue of a late monk
encased inside. He was so alive looking & I had goosebumps.
The magnificent looking Dragon Boat Temple inside the
compound of Wat Mai Suwankiri.
The front view of the Dragon Boat Temple.
The side view showing the long dragon coiling around the canal.
There is a water canal around the Dragon Boat temple.
The boat carries 2 beautiful parasols decked with ornaments.
The prayer hall inside the Dragon Boat Temple.
There is a small building hidden far behind some trees.
I was surprised that it is a cremation place for coffins
The cremation site still uses the traditional charcoal furnace
which is very popular all over Thailand.